Development of the Year winners announced

Golf Inc. announced it will honor five golf courses from four countries in this year’s Development of the Year competition.

The honorees in alphabetical order are: Al Zorah Golf Club in Ajman, UAE; Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas; Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada; Cape Wickham Links in Tasmania, Australia; and Rockwind Community Links in City of Hobbs, New Mexico.

The 15th annual contest highlights the best new private and public golf courses in the world. It judges new courses based on development vision, aesthetics, routing and sustainability, which examines the economic and environmental impact the courses will have for years to come.

“Development has slowed in America and year after year that is represented in the international representation of entrants and winners,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor-In-Chief of Golf Inc. “All honorees are of the highest caliber. Readers will see many familiar architect names like Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.”

The United States still made a good showing when it came to entrants, however most honorees were international projects. Other entries came from Singapore and several U.S. States including California, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey and Utah. In addition to open nominations, the Golf Inc. staff identified courses that received accolades and invited the developer and architect to enter the competition to ensure the best projects were part of the competition. 

All five courses will be featured in the March/April issue of Golf Inc. Magazine. There will be a first, second and third place in addition to honoring two finalists.  

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